This was announced by Attorney General Mark Brnovich today [Sept. 15th] The Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has awarded $6 million in grants to 11 organizations across the state to help combat the opioid crisis. Funds will be used to support opioid abuse and underlying mental health issues for more than 21,000 children, pregnant women and mothers, veterans and underserved communities.
“We are rapidly providing more resources to help Arizonas devastated by the opioid crisis,” Gen. Brnovich said. “The organizations that receive grants are on the front lines of this fight and are doing a great job to support affected families and communities.”
The grants will fund services in Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal counties. The following groups received scholarships:
- US Vets Phoenix – $600,000
- 250 homeless and housing unsafe veterans receive prevention and treatment services for opioid use disorders (OUD), other substance use disorders, and/or mental illness.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Valley (Maricopa and Pinal Counties) – $599,932
- 6,000 club members aged 5 to 17 who attend one of the 27 clubs receive training to stop and prevent opioid abuse.
- Maggie’s Place – $599,632
- 130 homeless women who are pregnant or caring for babies with OUD and co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD)/mental illness are being treated alongside babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome in Maricopa County.
- Banner Health Foundation (STARC) – $599,479
- 2,950 individuals and family members/carers in rural Pinal County communities will receive OUD/SUD telehealth services from addiction medicine professionals.
- Banner Health Foundation (FC-NAS) – $599,328
- 1,020 expectant mothers and mothers of newborns with OUD are being treated with a family-centered newborn abstinence program (FC-NAS) in Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties.
- Access to Health Through Neighborhood Assistance (NOAH) – $597,186
- 6,000 people with SUD/OUD/co-occurring mental health disorders living in Phoenix, Glendale and Scottsdale will be treated, including those on very low incomes and without insurance.
- Valley Hope Foundation – $579,700
- 950 adults with OUD are being treated at the Chandler and Tempe treatment facilities. Grant funding will help cover treatment costs for those who are uninsured or underinsured, as well as additional staff.
- Friendship Foundation – $570,933
- 12 more people are being treated for OUD at the Pima County facility due to the increased bed capacity from the grant. Addicts stay for 30 days to 7 months. 80% of patients are Native American and patients are allowed to bring children to treatment.
- Honor Health – $444,270
- 300 people affected by the opioid crisis are receiving treatments and services through the Addiction Medicine Fellowship program, which supports people in treating and recovering from OUD.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Sun Corridor (Pinal County) – $329,127
- 2,375 Pinal County youth, including 1,175 students in local schools and 1,200 club members, are receiving training aimed at discouraging and discouraging young people from using opioids.
- Pinal Hispanic Council – $276,831
- 550 Pinal County families and/or residents will participate in programs and awareness efforts designed to support loved ones with family opioid users. The money will also direct treatment resources for addicts and educate the community on how to prevent opioid abuse and proper drug disposal.
- Boys & Girls Club of Tucson – $254,661
- 1,080 club members ages 5 to 17 in Pima County are being educated on how to avoid abusing opioids and other dangerous substances.
“Maggie’s Place is grateful to the Attorney General’s Office for the investment,” said Laura Magruder, CEO of Maggie’s Place. “These funds allow us to support our mothers through pregnancy and beyond. For over twenty years, Maggie’s Place has provided housing and direct services to promote stability, resilience and healthy families.”
The Banner Health Foundation will receive more than $1 million in grants.
“We are grateful to have received these important funds to address opioid use disorder in some of our most vulnerable populations here in Arizona, including mothers and newborns and people living in rural communities that may lack access and resources,” says Andy Kramer Petersen, President and CEO of the Banner Health Foundation. “As Arizona’s largest healthcare system, Banner Health has been on the front lines of this crisis, first through the Banner Poison & Drug Information Line and now through these innovative new programs to support those who need help and recovery most. These funds will help us save countless lives.”
The grant funds are the result of the February 2021 AGO settlement with McKinsey & Company, which settled investigations into the company’s role in fueling the opioid crisis. As a result of this settlement, the AGO also provided $4.5 million in grants for addiction and mental health treatment in the criminal justice system and awarded $1.5 million to three nonprofit organizations to support education, treatment and prevention of Provide opioid abuse to individuals living in rural communities.
This press release was furnished by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Mark Brnovich.